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A host of Olympic, Paralympic and world champions have been honoured at an exclusive gala dinner held in celebration of Sheffield’s most successful sporting stars.
More than 600 guests attended the Olympic Legacy Park’s glittering Celebration of Sport event, which was organised to recognise the city’s past, present and future athletes.
Six grassroots sports awards for individuals, groups or teams in the Sheffield City Region were presented on the night, with One Health proudly sponsoring the award for Overcoming Adversity, awarded to 15 year old Clifton Community School rugby league player with Dearne Valley Bulldogs, Said Jamal, who fled Afghanistan after attacks by the Taliban.
Almost 20 athletes from Rio 2016, five world champions and nine Olympic and Paralympic medallists representing 15 sports attended the red-carpet event, which was hosted by BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold.
Amongst the top names in attendance were Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic hockey champion, Hollie Webb, Paralympic rowing champion, Grace Clough, Olympic boxing silver medallist, Joe Joyce, Paralympic table tennis bronze medallist Ross Wilson, IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, professional mountain biker, Steve Peat, and British cycling road champion, Adam Blythe.
They were joined by Sheffield sporting legends John and Sheila Sherwood, Roger Taylor, Peter Elliott, Keith Hackett and Uriah Rennie.
Richard Caborn, project lead for Legacy Park Ltd, said: “It was an honour to bring together so many of our city’s sporting greats for an evening of celebration, and where better than the English Institute of Sport Sheffield where many of our Olympians and sports stars train.
“Sheffield is a city where ordinary people are helped to do extraordinary things and the Celebration of Sport was a chance to showcase this.
“People often say to me that Sheffield doesn’t shout loud enough about the city’s success, but last night at the Celebration of Sport I’m proud to say we did exactly that.”
The event was held in the centre of the Indoor Athletics Arena at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and included a trampolining display and auction in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity and SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside.
Picture: One Health’s Derek Bickerstaff presents the award for overcoming Adversity to Said Jamal, with Paralympic Rowing Champion, Grace Clough.
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